Rain holds off for Owensville Veterans Memorial Park dedication, deeding ceremony

Dave Marner
Managing Editor

An estimated 300 area residents gathered on a breezy Saturday afternoon to help dedicate the new Owensville Veterans Memorial site which was developed with donated funds.

E. Louise Baker’s idea for a veterans park became a reality with the design and work of Harry Kellmann and his landscaping crew. He was unable to attend the ceremony after undergoing emergency hernia surgery over the weekend.

The ceremony included a deed presentation ceremony with participation by Donna Linhardt, representing First State Community Bank which donated the property, Mayor John Kamler, Park Board President Dana Hampton, and Baker. Baker said the planning committee’s original intent was to have the new park become part of the park system and she presented city officials with a deed for the ground located along South Fourth and West Jefferson which was donated by the bank.

U.S. Army veteran Darryl “Hootie” Decker shared his memories of growing up in a family whose members served in the military and his pride when his son, Brian, joined up too.

Kyla Hendricks, a freshman at Owensville High School, shared her essay on patriotism. St. Peter’s UCC Pastor Stephanie DeLong gave the opening prayer.

Members of the VFW Post No. 6133 Color Guard capped off the ceremony by conducting and flag-raising ceremony as Owensville High School musicians played the National Anthem. Rainfall predicated that afternoon held off until about an hour after the ceremony concluded.